Amazon fires: Amazon rainforest is burning at a record rate – space agency

Amazon fires: Amazon rainforest is burning at a record rate – space agency


    Brazil's Amazon rainforest has seen a record number of fires throughout this year, new space agency data has come out with few suggestions.
    Inpe, the National Institute for Space Research, declared that its satellite data showed an increase of 84% the same day back in 2018.
    Weeks after President Jair Bolsonaro sacked the head of the agency amid rows over its deforestation data, such meserable thing hapenned.
    The Amazon largest rainforest is a vital carbon store that slows down the pace of global warming.
    About three million plants, animals and one million indigenous people take the Amazon forest as their homeland.
    Mr Bolsonaro for the Amazon's plight was the number one blamed person by the conservationists, claiming that he has encouraged loggers and farmers to clear the land. The scientists, on a different side think that the rainforest has suffered losses at an scary rate since he took office in January.

    Meanwhile, NASA, the US space agency, has its own standpoint. It said that overall fire activity in the Amazon forest was below average in 2019.



    NASA  added that as the activity had increased in Amazonas and Rondonia, it had decreased in the states of Mato Grosso.
    Some meteorologists thought that the smoke came from Paraguay where some major fires were burning, which is much closer to the city and not in the Amazon region.

    Why are there fires in the Amazon forest?

    The dry season has know for a vast spread of wildfires in Brazil but they are also deliberately putting in the efforts to illegally deforest land for cattle ranching.
    From January to August of this year 2019, Inpe had detected more than 74,000 fires – which is seen to be the highest number since the records of 2013. It said it had noticed more than 9,500 forest fires since Thursday, mostly would be in the Amazon region.




    To compare, there were more than 40,000 at the same time in 2018, it also said. However, at the same period of year 2016 there was the worst of such a burning, with more than 68,000 fires.
    Brazil's most northern state and Roraima were covered by dark smoke, or so showed by The satellites, while neighbouring Amazonas declared an emergency situation.

    Mr Bolsonaro tends to brush off the latest data, saying that when farmers use fire to clear land, it was the "season of the queimada ". He also said that he used to be called Captain Chainsaw. "Now I am Nero" he said, setting the whole Amazon aflame," as quoted by Reuters News Agency (RNA).

    Mr Bolsonaro appeared, later, to suggest that fires were set by non-governmental organisations, as an apparent for his government slashing their funding. No names were mentioned, no evidence and gave no names to support his accusation, saying there were "no written records about the suspicions".
    On a Facebook Live on Wednesday, he said that such criminal actions were performed by the NGOers to trigger the public attention against the government of Brazil.

                     Source: National Institute for Space Research

    Furthermore, Inpe noted that the number of fires is not as it was normally reported during the dry season.
    Inpe researcher Alberto Setzer said to Reuters that There is nothing abnormal about the climate this year or the rainfall in the Amazon region, which is just a little below average waiting for some thoughts cleaning in this case.

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